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Inkjet-Printed Microstrip Patch Antennas Realized on Textile for Wearable Applications

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8 Author(s)
William G. Whittow ; Wireless Commun. Res. Group, Loughborough Univ., Loughborough, UK ; Alford Chauraya ; J. C. Vardaxoglou ; Yi Li
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This letter introduces a new technique of inkjet printing antennas on textiles. A screen-printed interface layer was used to reduce the surface roughness of the polyester/cotton material that facilitated the printing of a continuous conducting surface. Conducting ink was used to create three inkjet-printed microstrip patch antennas. An efficiency of 53% was achieved for a fully flexible antenna with two layers of ink. Measurements of the antennas bent around a polystyrene cylinder indicated that a second layer of ink improved the robustness to bending.

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IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters  (Volume:13 )